Criminal Defense Attorney / Lawyer
Southern California Criminal Defense Lawyer
Criminal convictions in California leave a serious mark on an individual’s personal record, and can result in long-lasting damage to his/her professional and personal reputation and relationships. Criminal Defense Attorney Norman J. Homen has defended countless individuals who have been charged with a criminal offense in the Garden Grove, Los Angeles, and Orange County area. Mr. Homen has the experience and knowledge to provide effective legal representation and fight on your behalf.
Types of Crimes
Mr. Homen has experience representing clients charged with a wide variety of crimes including battery, assault, petty theft, shoplifting, credit card fraud, bad checks, DUI charges, drunk driving, probation violation, etc. When an individual is charged with a crime, it will be tried as either a felony or misdemeanor, and in certain circumstances both.
Felony: A felony is the most serious type of criminal conviction. Common felonies include aggravated assault, burglary, battery, etc. Felony convictions usually result in no less than one year in a state or federal prison, steep fines, among other penalties and restrictions.
Misdemeanor: A misdemeanor is less severe than a felony, and typically results in a fine of $1,000 or less and a prison sentence less than one year to be served in a city or county jail. In addition, California has a “three strike law,” and a misdemeanor offense does not warrant a strike. Common misdemeanor offenses include petty theft, some traffic violations, a DUI that does not result in injury, trespassing, probation violations, simple assault and battery, and reckless driving.
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DMV Hearings for DUI Suspension: A Driver License is very important to you, so don’t risk losing it. If you are arrested for DUI, it is critical that the DMV be contacted by your Attorney within 10 days of the arrest. An experienced DMV Attorney could help your chance of having the suspension thrown out before the 11th day, which the DMV will refuse to provide a hearing and the suspension will automatically take effect in 30 days. Sometimes, even with the unfavorable results on the field sobriety test, OC Breathalyzer and calculation of your Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC), an experienced DMV Attorney can base on technicalities, to protect the suspension of your driving privilege. He can help protect your right and contest at the Administrative Per Se Suspension or APS hearing.
Usually, on a first DUI offense within 10 years, the license will be suspended for 6 months, then 1 year for a second offense. Your vehicle may be impounded and subject to storage fees. Depends on the level of your Blood Alcohol Concentration, you could also be required to install an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) on your vehicle, which prevents you from starting your car if you have any alcohol on your breath. The DMV also keeps a public record of all your traffic violations and accidents. Each occurrence stays on your record for 36 months or longer, depending on the type of conviction. On top of that, based on the “point count” of your driving record, you may be considered a negligent operator. If you get too many “points”, you will lose your driver license and it will be very hard to be reinstated in the future. At the Law Offices of Norman J. Homen, we recognize your need to drive and can help you preserve that need.
Contact Southern California Criminal Defense Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, it is important to speak with an experienced lawyer as soon as possible. Attorney Norman J. Homen wants all of his clients to be assured that he uses aggressive negotiating tactics and an in-depth knowledge of the law while in the courtroom. For effective, high quality legal representation contact the Law Offices of Norman J. Homen at (866) 383-4529 today.